when my husband was growing up my mother in law did great job of teaching him to fold his socks before putting them in the dirty laundry. to this day i find folded socks in the dryer that are not yet dry–after 40 minutes of drying—it is frustrating and yet,  i know my husband does not intentionally take his socks off and think “i’ll frustrate her again”. it was a good habit that he learned as a child. since it doesn’t fit with our laundry needs i have repeatedly ask him not to do that. about 95% of time he doesn’t, but occasionally i find folded damp socks in the dryer and today it makes me smile.  i appreciate moms, children, good habits learned, husbands and family.

learning something new is doable at any age–so we’ve been told. some exercise habits are so old they are very, very hard to change. for example, those athletes who have been conditioned that no pain means no gain and now years later with conditions such as fibromyalgia exercising to pain is “painful”; yet that internal drive to do so sometimes takes over without even thinking about it.  (by the way  no pain no gain is no longer an acceptable training method)

with research many exercises of old are no longer taught.  standing while bending over and touching our toes has long been out for most of the population. bouncing while stretching is taboo for the public class.  stretching before you exercise without warming up is also an oldie.  other past methods of exercise no longer recommended include:  spot reducing, deep knee bends, pushing through the pain, among others.  exercise and fitness research continues to keep this industry current along with providing the public with much information to enjoy a safe, effective and enjoyable workout.

i’m glad my husband was raised to fold his socks.  i am  also very glad his mom/dad taught him how to do laundry and also how to treat his wife—-like surprising her chocolates on occasion.  thanks mom/dad jones!!!!

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